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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Caty Royce; From the inner city to the suburbs.

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Caty Royce: From the inner city to the suburbs
Caty Royce, long an advocate for low-income tenants in St. Paul, will help "suburbs market their diversity as a strength."

By Chris Havens, Star Tribune

Last update: November 16, 2007 – 8:01 PM

For 16 years, Caty Royce has been a champion for low-income and minority renters in the fight for affordable housing in St. Paul.
At the end of the month, she's leaving her director's position at the Community Stabilization Project on Selby Avenue to start a new job in Minneapolis studying segregation and advocating for racially and economically mixed communities.

"I want to get a significant conversation going on integration, especially as we brown," she said.

To do that, she's taking a post with Fund for an OPEN Society, a national nonprofit that promotes racially and ethnically integrated communities. She will have office space at the University of Minnesota's Institute on Race and Poverty.

Royce, 48, will focus on the first-ring suburbs and how they deal with demographic and economic changes. "I want to help suburbs market their diversity as a strength," she said.

Minority growth is tapering off in the largely urban Ramsey and Hennepin counties, which saw 15 percent growth in minority numbers from 2000 to 2006, or an extra 52,000 people. But there was 77 percent growth in five suburban counties -- Dakota, Washington, Anoka, Scott and Carver. Those five collectively saw growth of 63,000 people.

Racial issues are always implicit in affordable housing, Royce said, and now she's ready to tackle racial integration head-on.

Julia Grantham, board president of the Community Stabilization Project (CSP), said the nonprofit will miss Royce's passion and her ability to organize people and raise money. "She has been the backbone of CSP for years," Grantham said.

Royce, a New Yorker who moved to Edina during elementary school, has spent time in the Peace Corps and lived in Africa. She has a son, Brandon, 22, and a daughter, Aissatou, 7.

Royce has helped tenants stand up to developers and City Hall in many projects over the years, from the East Side of St. Paul to downtown to Brooklyn Park. She has been called confrontational and stubborn, but few question her commitment.

"I have always appreciated Caty's role, not that I always agreed with it," said Council President Kathy Lantry. "You really have to respect that she had a clear idea how to best represent those who, quite frankly, do not have a loud voice."

Royce believes the Community Stabilization Project will play an important role in the next 10 years -- not just in how St. Paul deals with foreclosures and vacant houses from the recent mortgage crisis, but as the $1 billion Central Corridor light-rail line gets built along University Avenue and changes the face of the neighborhoods surrounding it.

"If CSP was not around," she said, "we'd be in big trouble."

Royce is most proud to have worked with "stellar community members" who have committed their time to help tenants in St. Paul.

"She's been unwavering in her pursuit to seek justice for low income and people of color, and I just think it's going to be a heck of a void to fill," said Nathaniel Khaliq, president of the St. Paul NAACP.

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7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right....she's bveen a champion my ass. Where has she been during our discussions the last 2 years? Just another self serving non profit idiot.

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey at least she is smart enough to realize that the city has chased all of the diversity and/or the undesirable to the suburbs so she is leaving the city too!

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caty lives in Minneapolis and is a white, liberal elite. Why the hell is she leading up a study on minorities?

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She don't look like an elite to me from the photo I saw in the paper. Who the heck in their right mind would let a photo of themselves looking like that to appear in public?

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caty is a city hall kiss ass. She will give them the study they want to suit the progressives agenda

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know if it wasn't for the hurtful, spiteful, personal attacks that happen on this forum, you just wouldn't know that there were that many ignorant people alive.

Is it just because you don't know the people that are written about in the press that you feel that comfortable doing personal insults?

A couple of points on Caty, if anything as head of CSP she was known for kicking ass at City Hall, not kissing it. She was a hard core advocate for the people living in the buildings that were targetted for redevelopment and would do everything that she could to stop gentrification and the loss of affordable housing.

She was the voice for those who often don't have a voice, don't attend the community meetings and just move on when the wrecking ball comes. I got to be involved in a huge fight with her when I was Thune's aid and we were looking to demo and start over on some apartments on Concord (she protested meetings we were at and camped out in the office and was a royle pain in the ass)... Thune finally compromised with her.

And, later I got to work with her on the redevelopment of "Super block" Ames Lake on the East Side where we rehabbed a huge apartment complex and kept it affordable.

So you ignorant jerks. STFU


Chuck Repke

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You only know or want to see one side of her Chuck. With your contant sticking up for the cities corruption, I would venture to gues you also know the other side of her that the landlords know. Lets just say she's far from the pillar of the community that you describe.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:39 - If you mean when some dead beat landlord refuses to do repairs like keeping the furnace or the water heater on and she is the one who explains to those folks how a tenent remidy action works and helps those people get some heat in the building?

There you go saying the City is the currupt one out to hurt the tenant and you hate someone who helps them.


Chuck Repke

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is not at all what I meant Chuck, but if you want to spin it that way, so be it. We still know a different side of her thagt has nothing to do with landlords that are bad.

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She was deposed and there is more information known on her then the pioneer press write UP chuck!!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember right, CSP's involvment in the apartments on Concord St had nothing to do with the conditions of the appartment, but rather the fact that the owners were in trouble and they were talking about turning the buildings into "market rate" apartments. That was where the argument started.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9:08 I know you will speak the same way about me when I am gone!

It is amazing how you guys live in a world filled with conspiracies, cloaks and daggers.

You make my life seem borring.


Chuck Repke

8:16 AM  

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